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We are flooded. But good. There is so much water that our dumpster began bobbing and merrily made its way across the parking lot. All day Sunday I watched and waited and worried. I learned to read Corp of Engineer flood levels for the Cumberland. I prayed that the river would stay away from CRC….

Dollar General

Well, we just have to tell you about the most extraordinary thing. We are always in the market for underwear and socks for the many people our partner agencies serve who routinely go without those necessities. Most people don’t understand that food stamps are only good for food. No shampoo, no diapers, no laundry detergent….

Oyster Easter 2010

Is there anything better than normally responsible adults running around selling Tequila shooters and Jello shots to raise money for charity? I just don’t think there is. That is Oyster Easter in a nutshell. Four prominent men and four prominent women doing all manner of silliness to win the coveted title of Oyster King and…

Oyster queen

CRC’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Oyster Easter, is coming up Saturday 1-5 p.m. at Travellers Rest (tickets are available at the door).  but I thought you might like to know that the reason I am in the nonprofit world is that I was once the Oyster Queen. Back in the day, Oyster Easter was…

A quilt of many colors

Take a good look at this quilt. Beautiful, isn’t it? You might pay pretty big bucks for a quilt like this. But here’s the beauty of  it. It was made by quilters at the Perry County Council on Aging with fabric samples from the Community Resource Center. Every once in awhile we get boxes and…

Brain power

The faces of mental illness are many. Confusion. Despair. Loneliness. Alienation. These are the people you cross the street to avoid. They’re the ones who talk to the voices in their heads, sometimes very loudly. They’re the ones who probably haven’t seen a shower in awhile. Right Guard is not on their list of essentials….

A bittersweet donation

Jesse Jones from the Eastview Church of Christ called us the other day. He had some children’s desks he wanted to donate. I agreed to meet him at the church. It turns out that he had the furniture to donate because the church is closing. Mr. Jones told me that he had been going to…

Liberating the Soul

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”  ~Maya Angelou I can’t believe I’ve been at CRC for a whole year! Time flies when you’re having fun, and what we do is fun.  Every month we get to give stuff away to our nonprofit partners. It’s like being…

Oyster Easter: The kick-off to silly season

Nashville is a party town and there’s no better party to start off the season than Oyster Easter. Oyster Easter was started 48 years ago by a guy named Dudley Warner who was a Vanderbilt student at the time. Some of his buddies couldn’t get home for Easter so he decided to create a party…

Volunteers Make Life Easier

So far 2010 has been a great year for CRC! We’ve gotten donations of everything from office furniture to cases of green pants – just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  We’ve also been blessed with some awesome new volunteers.      Jason is one of our favorite volunteers. He comes into the warehouse and within…